Hotels


The hotel industry in Shanghai is big business. New establishments, on top of those 500 or so already in existence, are opening almost ever ...


Places to Stay


Shanghai has a vast variety of temporary accommodation options, ranging from opulent five-star hetles to cheap-but-not-so cheerful hostels, ...


Tourist Information


Shanghai has a handful of tourist information offices located around the city. The ones situated inside Hongqiao Airport (6268 8918; www.sha ...


Dos & Don'ts


In a country where 70% of adult males smoke 30% of the world's cigarettes it is hardly surprising that smoking is allowed in most of Shangha ...


Dress


In terms of fashion, Shanghai is a modern,open-minded city, so vistors should feel free to dress as they do in their home country. Do keep i ...


People with Disabilities


The fact that you rarely see any of the city's half a million disabled people in public is a telling sign that Shanghai is not particularly ...


Gay & Lesbian


Shanghai's gay community is the proverbial pink elephant: glaringly present but rarely openly acknowledged. the alternative sexuality moveme ...


Travelling with Children


Shanghai, for the most part, is pretty kid-friendly. Hongqiao's Hongmei Lu pedestrian street holds Moon River Diner and Blue Frog which both ...


Crime & Safety


In general, Shanghai is a safe city with a relatively low crime rate, although petty crime is on the rise. Often working in groups of two or ...


Polic


The relatively well-trained Shanghai police come in different forms. Everyday officers wear light and dark blue uniforms and navy blue peake ...


In Emergency


It is possible you may find yourself in an emergency situation during your stay in Shanghai and so with this in mind, it is advisable to reg ...


Food & Drink


It is impossible to go hungry in Shanghai. the local culture of socializing over food mixed with a history of foreign influence and an ever- ...


National Dress


The days of the 'Mao Suit' (Zhongshan Suit in Mandarin) are long gone in Shanghai. This simple,greyish military-style jacketed outfit with b ...


Religion


Taoist, Buddhist and  Confucian temples, places of worship for the three traditional beliefs in China, are dotted throughout the city, ...


Language


Shanghai's official language is Mandarin Chinese ( Pu 3 Tong 1 Hua 4 ). A notoriously difficult language to learn, it has no set alphabet an ...


Culture


If Beijing is China's brain and Guangzhou its guts, then Shanghai is most definitely the country's heart. Pulsing away with 24 hour electric ...


Roles in Society


The roles in Chinese society have changed drastically as economic development pushes& ...


Relationships


FamilyMuch like Western cultures, family is valued greatly among Chinese but differen ...


Manners


The cultural gap between China and the West is extremely wide and expats sh ...